Selected Peer Reviewed Articles and Chapters: 

  1. McDonough, JE. “Massachusetts Health Reform Implementation: Major Progress and Future Challenges.” Health Affairs.  Web-exclusive. July-August , 2008.
  2. John E. McDonough, Michael Miller, and Christine Barber. “A Progress Report On State Health Access Reform.” Health Affairs, March/April 2008; 27(2): w105-w115.
  3. McDonough, JE. “The Third Wave of Massachusetts Health Access Reform.”  With B. Rosman, F. Phelps, and M. Shannon.  Health Affairs.  Web-exclusive.  September 2006.
  4. John E. McDonough, Brian K. Gibbs, and Janet L. Scott-Harris et al. A State Policy Agenda to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.  The Commonwealth Fund, New York.  June 28, 2004. 
  5. McDonough, JE. Quality Improvement/Proactive Hazard Analysis Models: Deciphering a New Tower of Babel. With Ronni Solomon & Luke Petosa.  Report for the Patient Safety Data Standards project of the Institute of Medicine. April 30, 2003.
  6. McDonough, JE. Proactive Hazard Analysis and Healthcare Policy. Milbank Memorial Fund, 2002.
  7. McDonough, John. “Taking the Law Into Their Own Hands.” Commonwealth Magazine. December 2002.
  8. McDonough, JE. “Using And Misusing Anecdote In Policy Making.” Health Affairs, January/February 2001; 20(1): 207-212.
  9. McDonough, JE. “State Legislatures and Health Policy in the Market Era.”  In Hackey  Robert & David Rochefort, eds., The New Politics of State Health Policy.  University of Kansas Press, 2001.
  10. McDonough, JE. Health Care Policy: The Basics. Boston, Robert Wood Johnson Access Project, 1999.
  11. McDonough, JE. Expanding Health Coverage for Children: Matching Federal Policies and State Strategies, with Kay A. Johnson.  Report published by the Reforming States Group and the Milbank Memorial Fund, 1998.
  12. McDonough, JE. “Tracking the Demise of State Hospital Rate Setting”, Health Affairs, Volume 16, Number 1, January/February, 1997
  13. McDonough, JE. “Health Care Reform Stages a Comeback in Massachusetts”, & Christie L. Hager and Brian Rosman.  New England Journal of Medicine, 336:148-1×51 January 9, 1997.
  14. McDonough, JE. The Decline of State-Based Hospital Rate Setting: Findings and Implications. March 1995. Report for the National Academy for State Health Policy and the United Hospital Fund of New York.


  1. McDonough, JE. Inside National Health Reform.  University of California Press & Milbank Memorial Fund, forthcoming 2011.          
  2. McDonough, JE. Experiencing Politics: A Legislator’s Stories of Government and Health Care,  University of California Press  & Milbank Memorial Fund, 2000.    
  3. McDonough, JE. Interests, Ideas and Deregulation: The Fate of Hospital Rate Setting. Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press, 1998.

Recent Op-Eds and Opinion Columns:

A Health Policy Reality Check (Guest Opinion)  Kaiser News Service

A New Cost Control Idea – Paying For Outcomes (Guest Opinion)  Kaiser News Service

10 Reasons To Feel Good About Health Reform Implementation  Kaiser News Service

Wyden-Brown And The Health Law: A Match Made In Heaven Or Limbo?  Kaiser News Service

Repeal would dash hopes to reduce disparities.  With Brian Smedley.  Baltimore Sun.